What to wear on New Year's Eve

I love New Year’s Eve in theory—dressing up, drinking champagne, celebrating the start of a new year—but don’t like it in practice—overpriced dinners, amateur drinkers, Uber surge pricing. So for as long as I can remember, I’ve taken matters into my own hands and hosted my own New Year’s Eve party. That way, I can celebrate with people I love in the comfort of my own home, and not have to worry about beating the traffic home. And while I get a little dressed up, I don’t get too dressed up. It’s the best of both worlds, and I highly recommend it. Here’s what I plan on wearing for this year’s festivities. 

Holiday 2018 gift guide: last-minute gifts

Procrastinators, this one's for you. There's one Amazon Prime–able thing here (also available for instant download on Kindle) but otherwise these are all e-giftable, making them both environmentally friendly and quick. Here are ideas for people you might have forgotten, or just for shoppers who really like to leave things till the last minute.

What to wear for Christmas

I live in San Francisco, but I was born and raised in Chicago, and that's where I go every year for Christmas. Chicago is a lovely city, and I'd recommend visiting in the spring or fall; winter is an entirely different beast, although there's something so traditional and comforting about an actual winter. It doesn't look like we'll have a white Christmas this year—thanks, global warming!—but it will be cold. So Christmas in Chicago is an excuse for me to break out all of the wintry things I rarely get to wear in San Francisco. Here's what I'm planning on wearing.

Holiday 2018 gift guide: gifts for me

And now, the most fun installment of my holiday gift guide: gifts for meeeee! These are the things on my wish list, from affordable to dream on, girl. Hence the name, dream gifts. Let's hope Santa sees this one before it's too late!

How to wear mixed prints

There's really no formula to mixing prints—with the right attitude, you could probably pull off anything. But as a general rule of thumb, I stick to three main guidelines. One: you want similar color schemes. Two: vary the scale, with one larger pattern and one with a smaller one. And three: no more than two prints per outfit. Then again, I will tell you time and time again that rules were meant to be broken, so perhaps the best answer is that there's no wrong way to do it. But while you're here, this is how I like to mix prints.

Holiday 2018 gift guide: gifts under $25

And now we've come to the point in the holiday shopping season that you realize you need to buy a bunch of grab bag, white elephant, and secret Santa gifts for various people. So without further ado, here are my favorite random gifts, all under $25. 

How to wear white jeans in winter

There really is no rule about not wearing white after Labor Day—it's something the department stores made up to encourage people to buy fall clothes when the weather was still too warm to wear them. That said, I see why people don't wear white as much in the winter—it's hard to keep clean in snow or rain, and with less daylight, we somehow gravitate toward darker colors. But I love wearing white jeans year round, and I find them very refreshing in cold weather. (Although, true, I rarely wear them when it's raining). This look is all about wearing a mix of lighter-colored neutrals for a breath of fresh, wintry air.